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Sapphire HD 5870 Review

ccokeman    -   September 22, 2009
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Testing:

Testing the Sapphire HD 5870 will consist of running the card through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks to test the performance of the HD 5870 against many popular competitors to gauge its performance. The games used are some of today's popular titles to give you an idea on how the cards perform relative to each other. The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustment will be made to the respective control panels during the testing with the exception of the 3DMark Vantage testing where PhysX will be disabled in the nVidia control panel. Clock speeds on each card are left at stock speeds. I will test the Sapphire HD5870 at both stock speeds and then overclocked to see how much additional performance is available when you choose to overclock the card to see if it this card can unseat the current single GPU fastest card on the market. I have also changed up the benchmark suite to include some of the newest titles to market including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5 and Darkest of Days.

 

Comparison Video Cards:

 

Overclocking:

Overclocked settings:

  • Sapphire HD5870 895/1290

Normally I like to take the time to get the overclock on a video card as high as i can using whatever tools are available to the average enthusiast and most of the time I can get good, solid clocks out of a card. Unfortunately, this time I have had this card in my hands for a scant six hours leading up to the review, so for now the overclocked testing will need to wait but here is a quick and dirty sreenshot. I used the Catalyst Control panel for overclocking with the fan speed set to 100% to keep the temperatures in check. Of course, the usual blower fan noise was present above 70%. The limits in the CCC were 900MHz on the core and 1300MHz on the memory. I was able to hit 895MHz and 1290MHz on the core and memory, respectively. With more time the results should be better as I just clipped the low hanging fruit.***Follow up! After haveing some time to play with the Sapphire Hd5870 I was able to hit the max clock speeds in the CCC. The traditional overclocking utilities just are not ready yet for the 5870. Riva Tuner and GPU OCtool are not there yet and AMD GPU Overclock tool was less than friendly in my case. Once installed I could not overclock at all on the 5870 and would end up with a crash. I have used this tool before but this is the first result like this. Even uninstalling it did not help with the loss of overclocking ability. I went ahead and reimaged another drive and installed the games not on the image and went to work and the 900/1300 clock speeds were stable!

 

  • Video:
  1. Far Cry 2
  2. Crysis Warhead
  3. Darkest of Days
  4. Call of Duty World at War
  5. Warhammer 40,000 DOW II
  6. Batman: Arkham Asylum
  7. Resident Evil 5
  8. Left 4 Dead
  9. 3DMark 06 Professional
  10. 3DMark Vantage

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Video Card)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  5. Testing: Far Cry 2
  6. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  7. Testing: Darkest of Days
  8. Testing: Call of Duty World at War
  9. Testing: Warhammer 40,000 Dawn of War II
  10. Testing: Batman Arkham Asylum
  11. Testing: Resident Evil 5
  12. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  13. Testing: 3DMark 06
  14. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  15. Conclusion
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